Monday, September 14, 2009
More Library Loot! - Non-Fiction Rocks
If there are two things that DEFINITELY don't go together, it's Texas and rain. Don't get me wrong, I adore rain. Rainy, overcast, dreary, cloudy days are my favorites to read. Alas, the only problem is that Texas electric lines obviously don't hold up well to the elements because our electricity has been out FOUR TIMES in the last week or so. Boooo! that part makes reading much more difficult.
As such, I am taking refuge at the library as we speak. 10 miles of books and LIGHT to read by. Oh my!
While I'm here, I inevitably found the urge to browse, and I have some new library non-fiction to show for it.
It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita, by Heather B. Armstrong (aka, Dooce). I am in total girl-crush love with Heather Armstrong and reading dooce.com, so it's only natural I should want to pick this one up. I've been reading her blog for ages--laughing all the way--and I can't wait to dive into this memoir. Given, the post-partum depression part runs the risk of scaring the hell out of me, but I don't care. I'll do it for Dooce!
A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq, by Fernando Baez (translated by Alfred McAdam). From the inside flap (because it says it much better than I could...): "The saga of the destruction of books reveals a truth known by conquerors and conquered alike: without books, there is no memory, and without memory, a culture cannot exist." Right on!
Finally, I picked up the most oddball of my books: The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities, by a whole slew of PhD's I won't name here. This title refers to the ancient Mayan prophecy that the world "will end" or somehow change in 2012. All the disaster flicks are coming about this one. Basically this book is a collection of essays on the "2012 question" and chronicles social, ecological, and spiritual changes in the world that have led us to this point and will lead us into the future. It's tempting to think that this might be full of crackpots, but we'll see. I expect I'll dip in and out of it for the Essay Reading Challenge.
Are you reading any awesome non-fiction lately? Have anything new to recommend?
In the meantime, I'm headed back to my house and hoping for electricity. Wish me luck! Book Blogger Appreciation Week content coming soon (whenever the lights come back).